When Murray Middleton won the Vogel’s literary award last month, it was said the award was a launching pad for some very successful Australian authors. When I asked Allen & Unwin, the publishing company behind the award, what hope there was for over 35s–whether there was space or impetus in the Australian literary culture for an over-35s award–they paraphrased Middleton’s comment, that the award acted as a ticking clock for writers to complete their manuscript.
What about those of us who, for reasons such as child rearing, divorce, work responsibilities, low self-esteem, etc etc etc, don’t pick up a pen or put fingers to the keyboard until well after 35…ahem…approaching 40, even?
Are there opportunities to put our unpublished work before a publisher, achieve recognition and hopefully a contract, or at the very least, snag a prestigious mentorship??
Here are a few I’ve tracked down, and I’ll be throwing The Songs of All Poets into every one of these rings.
- Affirm Press Mentorship Award, submit 1 May-15 June 2015
- Varuna Residential Fellowships for Writers & Illustrators, submit 16 June – 30 July 2015
- Update******** Queensland Literary Awards Emerging Queensland Writer Manuscript Award, submit by 19 June 2015
- QWC / Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program, submit by 27 July 2015
- Varuna Publisher Introduction Program, submit by 30 October 2015
- ASA Emerging Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorships, to be advised (~Oct)
And two international unpub ms awards, judged by UK literary agents,open to Australians:
- Bath Novel Award, over for 2015, submit by ~March 2016
- Caledonia Novel Award, submit by 1 November 2015
In addition, I submitted a novella today to this competition:
- Griffith REVIEW 50 Novella Competition III, submit by 29 May 2015
There are opportunities out there for over 35s late blooming emerging writers.